Our 2012 Santa Maria Valley Chardonnay displays fruit-forward citrus aromas, accented by hints of mineral and brown spice. On the palate, it is richly textured with stone fruit, fig, honey, spice and minerals. The wine is styled to highlight the vivid aromas and flavors of our cool climate fruit. The wine is 100% barrel fermented with 100% malolactic fermentation. Additional layers of complexity are achieved through sur lie aging and weekly hand stirring of the barrels, known as batonage. Native yeasts, which contribute silkiness and depth to the wine, are used on selected lots to round out the final blend.